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Re: Ball gardens

Viva la plant nuts!!!

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Oct 27, 2005, at 1:20 AM, TeichFlora@aol.com wrote:

> I agree with what you've said, Kitty, and I didn't take it as  
> bashing or
> such.  Being in the landscape profession...be it architect,  
> designer,  or
> maintenance, doesn't automatically make one a horticulturist. I  
> think  more and more
> though....at least from what I've seen, people that hire someone   
> in the
> profession are looking for someone that does have some knowledge.    
> People are
> tired of the "cookie cutter" look, or such.
> In general, though, I think design is an overall concept.  People   
> that take
> the time to actually come up with a design usually do some   
> homework.  I tend
> to think of people that go for the seasonal color alone,  or  
> copying something
> they see in a magazine to implement in their garden as more   
> "decorating"
> than design.  One can see the difference, I think.....a  designed  
> garden seems to
> have a purpose,  a balance.....be it with  repetitive plants or a  
> variety.  A
> decorated garden, like a home  or even a wardrobe....doesn't quite  
> balance
> out.  It's more like a  mishmash of things that don't quite "fit"  
> together.
> I have come to realize that there are those that garden and those that
> don't.  I prefer the neighbor that at least puts out something,  
> even  if it's
> annuals, than not doing anything at all.  I've also found that   
> more often than
> not, those gardeners that start out with the annuals, will often   
> grow into doing
> more things, and eventually realize there is more to gardening   
> than annuals.
>  Sure one winces at the choices, or the placement.   Often it's  
> just a matter
> of not having had someone to tell them.  But they  live and learn,  
> or have
> someone that gives them advice or even shares  plants.
> Of course, unfortunately in a few cases,  they turn into plant  
> nuts  who have
> way to many plants, where the idea of sticking to a design or a   
> concept no
> longer wins out....and they are hopelessly and irreversably  
> addicted  to
> plants.  Meeting people who turn them on to even more types of   
> plants.....the
> addiction then turns into obsession.....
> surely there is medication for this???  12 step program,   
> something??????
> Help?
> Noreen
> zone 9
> Texas Gulf Coast

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